A Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Hall of Fame: Copyrights

A PITTSBURGH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY HALL OF FAME: COPYRIGHTS

Included: “works” in the copyright sense, which (as copyright lawyers know) means: “works of authorship fixed in a tangible means of expression,” per the Copyright Act of 1976.

Not included: “art” in a broader or more general sense, which includes performance of various types. Performance is art, but it is rarely copyright-worthy.

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Musicians: Composers and arrangers born in Pittsburgh

Honorable Mention: Joe Negri (better known for performing and teaching than for composing or arranging, and for contributions to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood); The Vogues (better known for their performances); Waring’s Pennsylvanians (Fred Waring was from Tyrone, Pennsylvania)

Musicians: Composers and arrangers not born in Pittsburgh, who created significant works based on Pittsburgh experiences

Music: Tunes about Pittsburgh

  • Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen, Homestead
  • Woody Guthrie, Pittsburgh Town
  • Ahmad Jamal, Pittsburgh (album)
  • Wiz Khalifa, Black and Yellow
  • Wiz Khalifa, Pittsburgh Sound
  • Bruce Springsteen, A Good Man is Hard to Find (Pittsburgh)
  • Loudon Wainwright III, Ode to Pittsburgh
  • Sammy Walker, A Cold Pittsburgh Morning
  • John Philip Sousa, The Pride of Pittsburgh March

Writers: Novelists, playwrights, poets, screenwriters, historians, and journalists born in Pittsburgh

Writers: Novelists, playwrights, poets, historians, and journalists not born in Pittsburgh, who created significant works based on Pittsburgh experiences

Visual artists: Painters, sculptors, and photographers born in Pittsburgh

Visual artists: Painters, sculptors, and photographers not born in Pittsburgh, who created significant works based on Pittsburgh experiences

Television shows about Pittsburgh

Dance: choreographers born in Pittsburgh

Special mentions: Created in Pittsburgh … with copyrightable expression?